Monday, March 27, 2023                                                                  Volume 1. Issue 3.

The CHFM Pulse  

“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.” -Benjamin Franklin


Top Stories

• Chair's Message 

• Upcoming Events

• Achievements

• Staff Spotlight: Sheila Diuguid

• Research Spotlight

• H. James Free Center

• Patient Care Highlight

• Honorable Mentions


Chair's Message

This edition of the Pulse is highlighted by the list of the numerous presentations involving our faculty and residents at the upcoming Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) Annual Spring Conference being held later this month in Orlando.

STFM is an association of nearly 5,000 innovative family medicine educators. These teachers include medical school professors, preceptors, residency program faculty, residency program directors and others involved in family medicine education. The organization's mission is to advance family medicine to improve the health through a community of teachers and scholars. 

Additionally, the Pulse provides information regarding the many activities and accomplishments of our faculty, residents, students and staff.  I hope you enjoy reading this edition and please let me know if you have any comments or suggestions to improve the communication through this newsletter.


Best regards,

Peter J. Carek, MD, MS

Professor and Chair



• Faculty Development- Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 12:15PM– 1:00PM;

• Bring a Book (Baby Shower for Dr. Solberg)- Monday, May, 4, 2015 at 11:30AM-1:00PM; Location: CHFM Conference Room Suite N1-07





• Carris, NWSpinelli APierini,DTaylor JRAnderson KVSando KPowell JRosenberg EIZumberg MSSmith SMGums JGDietrich EFeasibility of extended-interval follow-up for patients receiving warfarin. Cardiovasc Ther. 2015 Mar 18. doi: 10.1111/1755-5922.12115


• Mainous AG 3rd, Tanner  RJ, Harle CA, Baker R, Shokar NK, Hulihan MM.Attitudes toward Management of Sickle Cell Disease and Its Complications: A National Survey of Academic Family Physicians.Anemia. 2015;2015:853835. doi: 10.1155/2015/853835. Epub 2015 Feb 22.


• Vanderbilt AA, Grover AC, Pastis NJ, Feldman M, Granados DD, Murithi LK, Mainous AG 3rd. Randomized controlled trials: a systematic review of laparoscopic surgery and simulation-based training. Glob J Health Sci. 2014 Dec 12;7(2):43225. doi: 10.5539/gjhs.v7n2p310.


• Katherine M. Edenfield, MD; Ashley N. Stern, MEd, ATC, LAT; Michael C. Dillon, MD; Thomas A. Burkart, MD4; and James R. Clugston, MD, MS.  A Case of Vasovagal Syncope in a Collegiate Swimmer during Competition. Current Sports Medicine Reports 2015; 14(2):88-90


• Valentina Lozano, Gabriela Fernandez, Patricia L. Spencer, Susan L. Taylor, and Robert HatchStaphylococcus epidermidis in Urine Is Not Always Benign: A Case Report of Pyelonephritis in a Child. J Am Board Fam Med. January-February 2015; 28:151-153; doi:10.3122/jabfm.2015.01.140118


• Solberg, L. M., Solberg, L. B., & Peterson, E. N. (2014). Measuring impact of stress in sandwich generation caring for demented parents. GeroPsych: The Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry, 27(4), 171-179.


• Solberg, L.B., Freund Taylor, C. (2015). Teaching Bioethics at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 26(2), 328-334.





Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) Spring Conference

Congratulations to these folks for their acceptance for a presentation in the 48th Annual Spring conference for the Society of Teachers of Medicine, April 25-29, 2015, in Orlando, FL.

• "Establishing a Pain Management Program within a University based Family Medicine Residency". Siegfried Schmidt, MD, PhD, FAAFP; Paulette Blanc, MPH; Peter Carek, MD, MS, FAAFP;Ku-Lang Chang, MD; David Feller, MD; Lesa Gilbert, FNP-BC, MSN; Alyson Listhaus, MPH;George Samraj, MD, MRCOG


• "Understanding Research Misconduct: Tips for Teachers of Family Medicine". Lauren Solberg, JD, MTS


• "Interprofessional Education for Health Care Professionals: Evaluation of a Boot Camp Core Concepts in Geriatric Care."; Lauren Solberg, JD, MTS; Christy S Carter; Laurence M. Solberg.


• "Assessing the Impact of Integrating Electronic Health Records and Patient-reported Outcomes for Chronic Pain on the Process and Quality of Care in Family Medicine". Christopher Harle, PhD, MS; Alpa Desai, DO; Alyson Listhaus, MPH; Elvira Mercado, Frank Orlando, MD; Siegfried Schmidt, MD, PhD, FAAFP


• "Early clinical immersions: if one is good, aren't three better?  Yes!!". Rubin D; Robert Hatch, MD


• "Having Your Cake and Eating it Too: A new clerkship model with standard block experience and longitudinal continuity experience".R. Nall; Robert Hatch, MD; M. Fehlberg


• "Update on the NBME Family Medicine Subject Exam". Aaron Michelfelder; Paul Paulman; Robert Hatch, MD


• Reviewing Articles for Scholarly Journals. Lorraine Wallace. Arch Mainous, PhD, MA


• "Establishing and Integrating a Multidisciplinary Anticoagulation Clinic into an Academic Based Residency Program". Keiran Shute, MD, Bassem Kodsi, MD, George Samraj, MD, MRCOG, John Malaty, MD, Nicholas Carris, Steven Smith, PharmD, MPH


• "Impact of Integrating Family Medicine and Pharmacy in an Interdisciplinary Anti-Coagulation Program". Bassem Kodsi, MD, George Samraj, MD, MRCOG; Michael Machek, MD; Nicholas Carris; John Malaty, MD


• "New SOAP Model of Residency Training for Both Inpatient and Outpatient Care". John Malaty, MD; George Samraj, MD, MRCOG


• "Can the Collaborative Care Model Enhance Resident Education in Psychiatric Medicine During Residency Training". David Feller, MD; Michael Ware, MD; Karen Hall, MD; Joyce Feller


• McDaniel B, Hardt N, Hatch RL.  Barriers and Motivating Factors Associated with Volunteering at Student Run Free Clinics: A Survey of Faculty Physicians.  48th Annual Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Spring Conference, Orlando, FL April 2015 (10 minute paper presentation).


Other Presentations

• Carek, Peter J. “New RC-FM requirements and the “Next Accreditation System.”” 2015. Association of Departments of Family Medicine Winter Meeting. Savannah, GA. February 2015.


• Carek, Peter J. “Review Committee – Family Medicine (RC-FM) Update.” 2014 ACGME Annual Meeting. San Diego, CA. February 2015.


• Carek, Peter J. “RC-FM Update.” Program Directors Workshop, American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians. Las Vegas, NV. March 2015.


• Carek, Peter J. “Revision of the Requirements and Implementation of NAS and Milestones: Not a Perfect Storm, But a Launch to Better GME and Patient Care?” Residency Administrative Development (RAD) Workshop. Kansas City, MO. March 2015.


• Carek, Peter J. “RC-FM Update.” PDW and RPS Residency Education Symposium. Kansas City, MO. March 2015.


• Carek, Peter J. “National Institute for Program Director Development: Any Impact on Program Quality?” PDW and RPS Residency Education Symposium. Kansas City, MO. March 2015


• Hatch RL, Michelfelder A, Paulman P. Special Invited Session: Update on the NBME Family Medicine Subject Exam. 41st Annual Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Conference on Medical Student Education,  Atlanta, GA, February 2015 (90 minute seminar)


•  Lauren Solberg, JD, MTS was invited to give two lectures at University of Southern California, titled “Impact of Social Media in Research: Human Subjects and Researchers- Part I” and “Impact of Social Media in Research: Human Subjects and Researchers-Part II.”(March 2015)


• Steve Smith's PharmD, MPH, BCPS, article was recently used as a source in the February issue of CHEST Physician Newsletter. Jancin, Bruce. The High Cost of Treatment Resistant Hypertension. Chest Physician. Feb. 2015; 10(2): 28), also available at (Smith SM, Ghushchyan V, Libby AM. Direct medical expenditures and healthcare utilization associated with resistant hypertension in the United States. Poster presentation at the American Heart Association 2014 Scientific Sessions, November 16, 2014, Chicago, IL, USA. Abstract available in Circulation 2014;130:Suppl 2 A20369 and



Get to Know Your Family!

Sheila Diuguid (do-good) is our Office Manager for Personnel and Payroll Services. Sheila manages all aspects of recruitment and terminations for faculty; administrative TEAMS staff; OPS positions; and joint, volunteer, and resident appointments.

Sheila also supervises the Office Assistant for Personnel and Payroll Services whose primary responsibility is processing payroll and departmental leave. Furthermore, Sheila is your contact for all variable compensation payments for extra duties as well as for all Personnel Services, including FMLA, new employee orientation, ergonomic evaluations, administrative retreat planning, etc. Additionally, Sheila enters the Faculty Assignment Reports (FARS), Effort, and Academic Activities Reporting (formerly Instructor Workload). Sheila has served the employees of CHFM for over five years and loves being the “welcoming committee” for new hires and a resource for all employees!




Referral Analysis

The Referral Analysis and Improvement in Family Medicine project, led by student intern, Constanza Covarrubias, is comprised of a comprehensive analysis of referral patterns among primary care physicians within the University of Florida Department of Community Health and Family Medicine (CHFM), a comparison between the Family Medicine Residency Program practice and non-residency practices, and interviews with university and departmental staff who work in the referral process. Based on these components, a tailored review of existing literature was conducted to develop recommendations for quality improvement in the referral process. This project was presented on Friday, April 10, 2015 as part of the UF College of Public Health and Health Professions' Public Health week.


H. James Free Center for Primary Care Education and Innovation

Early Clinical Exposure: Do First and Second Year Medical Preceptorships Improve Student Competence in a Clinical Setting and Impact Interest in Primary Care Career Choices?

Spring semester intern, Gina Martorana, recently presented her research project on early clinical experiences of medical students and the impact of that on their interest in primary care, as part of the UF College of Public Health and Health Professions' Public Health Week. Her project aimed (1) to  analyze test scores on clinical exam scores on core areas that will be seen at some point in clinical practice and (2) to examine the impact of sequential immersion experiences interest in a primary care career after being immersed in a primary healthcare field. The Free Center is looking to have a more in-depth version of this project published soon.




Old Town Family Medicine Clinic

Dr. Jonathan Grant Harrell, Medical Director at Family Medicine at Old Town, was awarded a W. Martin Smith Interdisciplinary Patient Safety and Quality Award in August 2014 for a project entitled “Improving Geriatric Care through Pharmacist-Physician Collaboration with the Medicare Annual Wellness Visit.” Dr. Karen Sando, Clinical Assistant Professor in the College of Pharmacy (Dept. of Pharmacotherapy & Translational Research), is the primary investigator and currently provides pharmacy services at Family Medicine at Old Town. The project aims to increase delivery of the AWV and  improve specific PQRS measures including reducing high-risk medication use in the elderly and improving influenza and pneumonia vaccination rates. Dr. Harrell and Dr. Sando are joined in this project by Dr. Anzeela Schentrup, Director of Clinical Quality for UFP, and Dr. Michelle Knight, a PGY-2 Pharmacy Resident at Old Town.



Blue Day Winners 

The CHFM Administrative office  won second place in this year's “Wear Blue Day” competition. UF Health challenged all to wear blue on Friday, March 6, 2015 to show your team's spirit in the fight against colorectal cancer. 


If you missed the last issues of the CHFM Pulse, here's where you can find it!


CHFM Mission Statement

 To serve our patients and community, positively shaping the future of healthcare through outstanding teaching, discovery, and innovation in Family Medicine. 


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